Nanotoxicology: Human


Nanotoxicology refers to the study of the interaction between nanomaterials (nanoparticles and carbon nanotubes) with biological systems, including cells, tissues and living beings.

The concern with nanotoxicology arises as many nanomaterials are synthesized, manipulated and discarded in natural environments, without control or regulation. In this case, the potential risks of these nanomaterials in contact with humans and aquatic or terrestrial environments, including potential risks to agriculture, are not yet fully known.

It is a very recent topic and of great worldwide interest, mainly due to the lack of conclusive studies that provide the interaction mechanisms of biological systems with nanomaterials, in addition to critical dosages, exposure time, etc.

Research lines:

  • Study of Toxic Effects of Nanoparticles and Nanotubes on Healthy and Tumor Cells (in vitro)..
  • Investigation of the Interaction of Nanomaterials with Cell Membrane Models, or Reconstituted Cell Membranes.
  • Nanotoxicology studies in vivo in animal models.